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Extreme Sailing Series™ 2013-2015 Host Venue Bid Process Starts

March 19, 2012

Following the successful first Act of this year’s Extreme Sailing Series™ 2012 yacht race at The Wave, Muscat in Oman, the OC ThirdPole is delighted to announce the opening of the next round of Host Venue selection process for prospective cities as well as regions that desire to host an event in 2013 and beyond. The award-winning and innovative circuit offers Host Venues with an important value-for-money destination marketing package, together with the direct economic benefits that each event brings to the host cities.

Extreme Sailing Series fleet racing only a few meters from the beach in Nice Credit Lloyd Images

Extreme Sailing Series fleet racing only a few meters from the beach in Nice Credit: Lloyd Images

In 2012, three new host venues of Porto (Portugal), Cardiff (UK), and Brazil (Brazilian venue to be confirmed at separate press announcement) have signed up to the circuit, as the fleet returns to previous host venues of Muscat (Oman), Qingdao (China), Istanbul (Turkey), Trapani (Italy), and Nice (France).

With UK, Brazil, Oman, China and Turkey already committed in 2013 as part of multi-year deals, there are three Host Venue slots available in the bid process for next year. The circuit will retain a core of European venues, but continue its development in to new markets across 4 continents.

The Extreme Sailing Series 2011. Act 2. Qingdao. China.  Credit: Lloyd Images

The Extreme Sailing Series 2011. Act 2. Qingdao. China. Credit: Lloyd Images

Bids will be evaluated on the same criteria that were applied to select the 2012 venues. These include first and foremost, a suitable and ideally ‘iconic’ venue that can facilitate the ‘stadium’ racing concept, strong support from local government and authorities, the ability to attract tens of thousands of spectators and a solid regional and national marketing and communications plan.

Fleet racing on the final day in front of the packed Race Village in Trapani Credit Lloyd Images

Fleet racing on the final day in front of the packed Race Village in Trapani Credit: Lloyd Images

All host venues enjoy the direct and indirect benefits of having thousands of spectators visiting the event, as Don Luciano Alonso, Minister of Tourism, Trade and Sports for the Andalucia government who invested for three years in the event explains: “The hotels were 90% full, 75,000 spectators watched the event… The results we have witnessed make it clear that we made the right decision when we bought the Extreme Sailing Series™ for Almeria.” An independent report commissioned by the region confirmed a 5 times ROI on their financial investment.

Each Act gives the Host Venue a global media platform to showcase the region and its waterside facilities to the world, as well as promote the sport of sailing within their local community. The Extreme Sailing Series™ strives also to leave a lasting legacy in each location, activating charitable, volunteer and ‘try sailing’ programmes for all ages and experience levels.

Extreme Sailing Series 2011. Act 3.Turkey . Istanbul Credit Lloyd Images

Extreme Sailing Series 2011. Act 3.Turkey. Istanbul Credit: Lloyd Images

Prior to the opening Act at The Wave, Muscat, Oman Sail, CEO, David Graham commented: “The value of hosting such events is enormous in terms of inspiring even more Omanis to discover sailing and writing the next chapter of Oman’s maritime history. We expect to bring many new visitors to Oman and many others to see the country through the global media coverage the event will generate.”

Extreme Sailing Series 2012. Act 1.The Wave Muscat. OmanCredit: Lloyd Images

Extreme Sailing Series 2012. Act 1. The Wave Muscat. Oman Credit: Lloyd Images

Closing date for the tender process is 18th May 2012, by 1st June a shortlist will be confirmed and final confirmations made by 29th June, ahead of announcing publicly the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series™ circuit dates and venues in September.

Motor yacht INSPIRATION B and yacht MARHABA available for charter at the Naples America’s Cup World Series 2012

March 19, 2012

Luxury motor yacht Inspiration B, a Custom Line 97 and the Ocea 33 metre commuter motor yacht Marhaba are available for charter at the Naples America’s Cup World Series from the 7th to the 15th of April 2012 in an exclusive “yachting pole position” in Naples. The yachts will be at the Naples America’s Cup World Series ready for a luxury yacht charter with no delivery fees. What a great chance to admire AC45 catamarans hitting speeds in excess of 20 knots, right out of the box!

Inspiration II motor yacht available for charter at the Naples America's Cup World Series 2012

Inspiration II motor yacht available for charter at the Naples America's Cup World Series 2012

Motor yacht Marhaba available for charter at the Naples America's Cup World Series 2012

Motor yacht Marhaba available for charter at the Naples America's Cup World Series 2012

The AC45 will allow all America’s Cup teams to grow their experience on wingsailed multihulls. The 45 will be used throughout 2012 in the America’s Cup World Series events. AC45 – designed by the ORACLE Racing design and engineering team – is an high-tech, grand prix race boat, powered by a wing that towers over 20 meters above the deck and has already demonstrated excellent performance in winds from 5 to 30 knots. The America’s Cup World Series allows the teams and their sailors to prepare for the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America’s Cup Finals. With the switch to the AC45 class of cutting-edge multihulls, powered by towering wingsails, this time on the race courses will benefit all of the sailors. Equally, the regattas are bringing America’s Cup racing to fans around the world and giving – in particular for Marhaba or Inspiration B charter guests – the opportunity to experience the action up close and personal.

Motor yacht Inspiration B is a 2006 29m (97′ 7″) CRN Ancona Custom Line 97 motor yacht with a smooth silhouette and interior styling that are the product of uncompromising expertise by in-house designers and engineers. Every aspect is both modern and sophisticated. INSPIRATION B offers a stylish contemporary interior as well as very good deck spaces with features such as large dining table on the aft deck and great sundeck with Spa Pool pool.

Magnificent views can be enjoyed through the newly designed panoramic windows in all of the guest cabins. A fully equipped bar is situated on the starboard side, and a spacious wine cooler is provided as an extra. The dining area onboard yacht INSPIRATION B provides seating for up to eight charter guests. At the touch of a button a 42-inch plasma TV with surround sound, folds down from the ceiling.

The Inspiration B motor yacht aft deck and fore deck are the ideal places to start your day, with breakfast in the open-air, or enjoy evening cocktails among friends whilst relaxing in your favourite bay.

M/Y INSIRATION B offers accommodation for 12 guests in 5 cabins with 5 crew in 3 cabins. Inspiration B’s Master Stateroom is located forward of the galley and saloon, and designed to the highest specification. This magnificent suite is provided with many extras including a wireless a B&O TV with surround sound, and Radiomarelli Playtime slave. The panoramic windows are fitted with remote controlled electric blinds, and an extra large shower unit is installed in the bathroom. In addition there is a two-seat sofa, vanity unit and walk in wardrobe.

The Inspiration B fly bridge means relaxation and fun. Enjoy a barbeque with friends or sit back in the Spa Pool. Fully equipped sundeck is designed for total relaxation and includes cooking facilities and a dining area for up to ten people.

Luxury motor yacht INSPIRATION B is available for yacht charters in the Western Mediterranean.

• Cruising speed: 24 knots
• Summer Location: West Mediterranean
• Low Season Rate (per week / Myba): € 65.000 (plus VAT if due)
• High Season Rate (per week / Myba): € 60.00 (plus VAT if due)

Motor yacht MARHABA is a 32,9m (108ft) “fast commuter” motor yacht built by Ocea Shipbuilding in 2007. M/Y MARHABA features exterior design and engineering by Joubert Nivelt.

The charter yacht MARHABA has an attractive, contemporary interior, decorated mainly in crisp white and navy blue, with attractive dark wood flooring. The comfortable salon boasts beautiful wooden floors and a large comfortable couch in a blue and white striped nautical theme creating a relaxed and modern ambiance, with a separate dining room for formal dining. She is able to accommodate 9 guests in 4 cabins located below decks including a master cabin with a double bed along with three twin bedded cabins.

Charter yacht MARHABA

Charter yacht MARHABA

CHARTER RATES High Season (July & August): € 48.000 per week/MYBA
Low Season (other periods): € 46.000 per week/MYBA
CRUISING AREA West Mediterranean and ACS in Naples

More about the Marhaba 108’ fast commuter motor yacht

The MARHABA motor yacht features a navy blue hull and timeless classic lines along with supreme exterior spaces offering several areas to dine or relax on sunbeds. The range of deck spaces offers different environments for outdoor living and dining including an attractive seating and dining area aft of the main deck, with a nicely laid out sun deck, comprising a central lounge and dining area, a sunbathing area aft and ample sun pads forward of the bridge, where you can retire to soak up some sun with a cold drink and a glorious view.

The upper deck can accommodate 12 guests at the dining table and plenty more for larger social gatherings. The aft deck also has an al fresco dining table covered from the elements.

The MARHABA motor yacht has a range of indoor amenities, including Internet / Wifi, TV, DVD and CD players. If you enjoy water sports, motor yacht MARHABA offers a good selection of water sports equipment, including a 5.5m Zodiac Medline Tender, a Seadoo Jetski (3 seater), a Seabob, a Canoe, a Donut, a Banana, Water Skis and Snorkeling Gear.

The very elegant “fast commuter” yacht MARHABA is available for luxury yacht charters along the Cote d’Azur and throughout the Western Mediterranean. Motor yacht MARHABA has 4 crew, and cruises at an average speed of 12 knots, reaching a maximum of 15 knots. She measures 32.79m in length with a beam of 6.8m and a draft of 1.90m.

Contact the CharterWorld team here for more inormation in chartering motor yacht INSPIRATION B and yacht MARHABA for the Naples America’s Cup World Series 2012.

2nd annual Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous, March 14-17, 2012

March 16, 2012

Victor International, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) as well as Boat International Media have once again put their forces together to present the second edition of the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous, running from March 14 to 17, 2012 in the British Virgin Islands (BVI).

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous 2

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous

The highlight of the Caribbean season, this exclusive four-day event, for superyacht owners and their guests, celebrates the opening of the highly anticipated Yacht Club Costa Smeralda Virgin Gorda (YCCS VG), the premier superyacht marina base in the Caribbean. The clubhouse debuted this season, marking the official completion of the new yacht club and marina. Developed by Victor International to the highest standards of design and construction, YCCS VG is linked to the new Oil Nut Bay Luxury Resort Community and Beach Club, and Biras Creek, a Relais & Chateau property.

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012 Race Day 1:  FIREFLY - Image Carlo Borlenghi

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012 Race Day 1: FIREFLY - Image Carlo Borlenghi

The Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous brings together the world’s yacht enthusiasts to take advantage of the best cruising waters in the Caribbean. A stellar fleet of 28 sailing and motor superyachts are in attendance to enjoy four days of racing, cruising, and fabulous parties and receptions. The privileged guests of this unique event are among the first to experience this magnificent Clubhouse at YCCS VG as well as enjoy the new Oil Nut Bay Beach Club.

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012 Race Day 1: ZEFIRO - Photo Carlo Borlenghi

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012 Race Day 1: ZEFIRO - Photo Carlo Borlenghi

With an idyllic location strategically positioned in the protected waters of the North Sound, Virgin Gorda – one of the safest, natural harbors in the Caribbean – YCCS VG is situated to take full advantage of the region’s renowned sailing waters. The superyacht racing portion of the event is organized by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, the renowned yachting association known for running international top-class sporting and superyacht events.

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012 Race Day 1:  MARIE - Photo credit Carlo Borlenghi

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012 Race Day 1: MARIE - Photo credit Carlo Borlenghi

New to the regatta for 2012 is the addition of a catamaran category. The race is now divided into three classes: performance, cruising and catamaran, with a fleet of the world’s fastest yachts competing to win the perpetual silver cup made by Garrard of London – the Boat International Media Trophy. Among those participating are the 49.7m  sailing yacht Zefira, the 42m superyacht Hanuman – a sailing yacht of the year; last year’s regatta winner; the 34m Classic 1973 Burger motor yacht Chanticleer and M/Y Icon, among many others.

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous

Set amidst lush landscapes, pristine beaches and protected anchorages, the new yacht club & marina features easy access to the best of what BVI has to offer. Echoing the YCCS tradition of excellence, YCCS VG offers exceptional amenities and hospitality services including an external bar, pool, boutique, gym, wine bar and a restaurant capable of hosting up to 150 guests.

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012 Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Virgin Gorda

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012 Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Virgin Gorda - Photo Carlo Borlenghi

The state-of-the-art Marina boasts 38 slips for yachts up to 100 meters length and 9 meters draft and features extensive on-board provisioning services, crew facilities and on-site customs clearance. Yacht owners and guests also have access to Biras Creek Resort facilities including fine dining, a spa, beach and sports activities.

Victor International, creator of Oil Nut Bay, a premier resort community set on a private peninsula on the eastern tip of Virgin Gorda, is an internationally-respected luxury real estate developer, based in the BVI and USA. The epitome of “life on vacation”, Oil Nut Bay is emerging as one of the hottest living opportunities in the Caribbean providing an unparalleled experience for those seeking barefoot luxury coupled with the intimate feeling of private island living. Only accessible by helicopter or boat, this pristine 300 acre, low- density property offers whole ownership for only 88 families. Oil Nut Bay brings together distinctive architecture, stunning natural beauty and a host of world-class amenities including a new Beach Club (officially open this season).

Oil Nut Bay

Oil Nut Bay

“I am thrilled to partner with Boat International Media, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and now Loro Piana to once again host this prestigious event,” says David V. Johnson, chairman of Victor International. “Combining this premier yacht club & marina with one of the finest real estate developments in the Caribbean, coupled with the annual Regatta & Rendezvous event, we have created an unparalleled Caribbean resort destination that brings the BVI to the forefront of the international stage.”

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012: YCCS Virgin Gorda hosts the Superyacht fleet

March 16, 2012

Twenty eight sail and motor superyachts, competing in the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous, running these days (March 14-17) are hosted by the YCCS Virgin Gorda.

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous

The second edition of this event organised by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and Boat International Media has attracted some of the most powerful and iconic sailing yachts on the water for three days of racing, expertly organised by the YCCS Race Committee under the leadership of Principal Race Officer Peter Craig.

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous 2012 Race Day 1- MARIE

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous 2012 Race Day 1- MARIE

Jim Clark is back to defend his title with the 138’ J-Class sailing yacht Hanuman built by Royal Huisman, competing against Vitters’ 145’ superyacht Lady B and the 115’ fast charter yacht Sojana which return as challengers in 2012.

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012 Race Day 1:  FIREFLY - Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012 Race Day 1: FIREFLY - Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi

Racing alongside Lady B will be four other Dubois designed yachts: the 147’ fast luxury charter yacht Salperton IV, 128’ charter yacht Ganesha and 163’ superyacht Zefira – all built by Fitzroy Yachts – and the 120’ charter yacht Bliss from Yachting Developments.

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012Race Day 1:  LADY B - Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012Race Day 1: LADY B - Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi

Bob Eichler, owner of the 96’ Altair yacht – participating in his first superyacht regatta – is thrilled to be in the BVI for this exclusive event: “It’s absolutely amazing. The YCCS is fabulous and beyond my expectations,” he said. The owners of the Zefira, meanwhile, wished fair winds for all and declared: “May the best man win!”

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous 3

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous

New entries completing the fleet are the 101’ Wally superyacht Indio, the Philippe Briand designed 125’ charter yacht P2, Huisman’s 114’ Billy Budd, the 179’ Marie superyacht built by Vitters and Classen Shipyard’s 115’ new F-class Firefly yacht.

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012Race Day 1: ZEFIRA - Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012Race Day 1: ZEFIRA - Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi

As the sailing yachts prepare for three days of racing around the stunning archipelago, an impressive display of motor yachts will be turning out to follow the fleet and enjoy the spectacle of the regatta, as well as enjoying their own social programme alongside the sailing during the day.

The event began in the evening on 15th March with motor and sailing yacht owners coming together at the YCCS clubhouse for welcome cocktails and a BBQ on the lawn, with crew participating in the Mount Gay Cocktail Competition on the dock. Racing begins today at 1100 AST, with the current forecast suggesting a perfect day for racing with winds averaging 15 knots.

Fitzroy Superyachts attending the BVI and St Barths regattas

March 16, 2012

The prominent NZ shipbuilder, Fitzroy Yachts announces its attendance at this year´s BVI as well as St. Barths yacht regattas, with a presence of such important sailing yachts as Zefira, Salperton, Artemis, Inmocean, Ganesha and Moonbird. The  Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous, is being held at the moment (March 14-17) and the St. Barths Bucket Regatta, will take place from March 22 to 25.

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous Fleet

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous Fleet

Fitzroy superyachts competing in the Caribbean Regattas 2012 include:

49.7m sailing yacht Zefira is a beautiful fast cruising sloop and the largest vessel built by Fitzroy Yachts to date. The Dubois designed Zefira is extremely spacious and stylish vessel, featuring lovely interior by renowned Remi Tessier.

49.7m luxury sailing yacht ZEFIRA

49.7m luxury sailing yacht ZEFIRA

Launched in 2009, the 45m luxury charter yacht Salperton IV is another magnificent fast cruising sloop, representing impeccable workmanship throughout. With naval architecture by Dubois and interior design by Adam Lay Studio, Salperton IV is practical, spacious as well as light.

Fitzroy 45m charter yacht Salperton IV

Fitzroy 45m charter yacht Salperton IV

ARTEMIS (ex Salperton III)
Dubois designed 44m superyacht Artemis is a sleek super-low profile fast cruising sloop launched in 2007. Artemis is a vessel of distinctive pedigree as well as luxury, offering modern and stylish interior by Adam Lay Studio.

44m superyacht Artemis (ex Salperton III)

44m superyacht Artemis (ex Salperton III)

At 41m, the Inmocean superyacht represents a classic style sloop with an easy flowing sheerline and classic ends. Launched in 2008, Inmocean is another spectacular Dubois design, featuring spacious and comfortable interior by Adam Lay Studio.

41m IMMOCEAN superyacht

41m IMMOCEAN superyacht

GANESHA (ex Zulu)
Truly an exceptional vessel, the 38.9m charter yacht Ganesha was launched in 2006 as the third Dubois performance sloop designed for Fitzroy Yachts. Featuring amazing interior by Redman Whiteley Dixon, Ganesha is a direct and refined development from her slightly smaller twin, the 37.48m charter yacht Ludynosa G.

38.9m superyacht Ganesha (ex Zulu)

38.9m luxury charter Ganesha (ex Zulu)

MOONBIRD (ex Midnight)
Luxury charter yacht Moonbird measures 37 metres in lenght over all and was launched in 2003. Moonbird (ex Midnight) boasts striking black and silver exterior by Dubois, while her splendid interior is by Dick Young Design.

37m luxury yacht MOONBIRD (ex Moonlight)

37m luxury charter yacht MOONBIRD (ex Moonlight)

39th International Rolex Regatta: Sailing yachts from all corners of the world

March 16, 2012

The International Rolex Regatta reflects in its name a tradition of attracting sailing teams from all corners of the world, and from this perspective its 2012 edition is expected to be the most diverse ever, with entries from the USA, Russia, Sweden, The Netherlands, Monaco and beyond.

International Rolex Regatta 2011 - Photo by Rolex/St. Thomas Yacht

The International Rolex Regatta 2011 - Photo by Rolex/St. Thomas Yacht

The three-day event, scheduled for March 23-25, is hosted by St. Thomas Yacht Club, which for 39 years has devoted itself to producing this regatta’s famed offerings:  three days of high-quality racing and serious fun in an inspiringly scenic island atmosphere.

The International Rolex Regatta is one of only two in a line-up of several springtime Caribbean regattas to host dedicated racing under the internationally recognized IRC handicap system, which results in some of the world’s best sailors and grand-prix racing machines finding their way to the starting line.

Among them this year will be Lord Irvine Laidlaw of Monaco and his new 52-foot Reichel/Pugh designed Highland Fling yacht. Sailing with him will be America’s Cup notables Peter Holmberg, who is serving as tactician and also is renowned as St. Thomas’s homegrown Olympic medalist, and the USA’s Matt Wachowicz and Mike Toppa, serving as navigator and trimmer, respectively.

The remainder of the crew hails from Australia, the United Kingdom, and South Africa, with most counting this as their first time competing at the International Rolex Regatta.

Sailing yacht Green Boat - Photo by Rolex/St. Thomas Yacht

Sailing yacht Green Boat - Photo by Rolex/St. Thomas Yacht

“We are a brand new boat, and a good result would be a bonus,” said Holmberg, confirming that his team is looking forward to racing around the islands with the other 52-footers entered, including Ashley Wolfe’s (CAN) Mayhem and Peter Cunningham’s (Cayman Islands) PowerPlay.  “The other 52s are more refined and sorted, so I expect them to have the advantage.  That being said, some smart ideas were put into our design, and hopefully they will start showing their merit.”

Also racing under IRC will be International Rolex Regatta veteran Bill Alcott, who will be sailing his newly acquired Farr 65 sailing yacht Equation (formerly Rosebud, the 2007 Rolex Sydney Hobart winner).

“We are still basically an amateur-sailed boat,” said Alcott, who thinks his new Equation is a “bucking bronco” compared to the Andrews 68 Equation yacht he owned prior to this, “but necessarily, there are a few more professionals onboard to supplement the same gang I’ve been sailing with for years. Racing the world’s best 52 footers is going to be tough, but it’s hard to call; more than likely, the game is going to go to who makes fewer mistakes.”

Also in IRC, an international team from Russia will be led by Alexander Markarov aboard the chartered X-65 Karuba 5 yacht. “We have some very experienced sailors, but we have intermediate and beginners, too,” said Markarov. “We’re looking forward to joining the permanent crew on Karuba 5 and hope she will perform well in competition with the other very serious crews and great boats.”

One of Karuba 5’s main competitors will be Bob Erixon’s (SWE) 81-foot Maxi Rothmans yacht. Originally built to compete in the 89-90 Whitbread Round the World race, the legendary yacht has been restored to its original form and will be skippered by Sweden’s Klabbe Nylöf, with navigator Torsten Ulfeld and tactician Patrik Salén joining Erixon in the afterguard.

“The expectations of this regatta are to get in some fun and interesting races, with great winds in nice weather conditions,” said Veronica Widell, a spokesperson for the team. “What attracted the team to this event was that they have heard a lot of good things about the regatta. The event has a great reputation, and Klabbe Nylöf has participated in the Rolex Regatta before; he had a great time and wanted to do it again.”

Currently, the St Thomas Yacht Club anticipate dividing the fleet into two IRC classes, four classes for CSA (Caribbean Sailing Association) handicap racing and one each for IC-24s and Beach Cats. There is an 1100 AST start time for each day, beginning with Friday’s picturesque and traditional distance races from the east end of St. Thomas to Charlotte Amalie Harbour and back.

The tactically demanding Pillsbury Sound Race in and among the cays of St. Thomas and St. John is Sunday’s highlight. This “Sunday drive” has decided final standing in most classes in each of the last five years. The culmination of the International Rolex Regatta’s lively competition is a presentation on Sunday of coveted Rolex timepieces to winners in select classes.

2nd Westport Cup to be attended by superyachts Altair, Eleonora, Mariette and Mariquita

March 14, 2012

The Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS) has confirmed the line up of participating vessels competing in the second Westward Cup regatta, held between the 11th and the 16th June 2012. The vessels taking part in this popular race are the 39.5m sailing yacht Altair, the 41.5m charter yacht Eleonora E (ex Eleonora), the 42m superyacht Mariette and the 38m Mariquita superyacht. Also invited, but as yet unconfirmed, are the 46m sailing yacht Lulworth and the 32m luxury yacht Moonbeam IV.

Sailing yacht Mariquita racing in the 2010 Westward Cup - Photo courtesy of photographer Ian Roman

Sailing yacht Mariquita racing in the 2010 Westward Cup - Photo courtesy of photographer Ian Roman

The Westward Cup is being run by an association of three of the most prestigious yacht clubs in the world, the Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS), the Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM) and the New York Yacht Club (NYYC). Boat International Media has again also confirmed its support of the regatta.

The organisers have set out to replicate a style, class and regatta atmosphere matching the period when Westward and the Big Class yachts all raced in Cowes, the birthplace of such elegant racing during the 1920s and 30s. The racing area will predominately be in the Solent and courses will be, where possible, set to mirror those used by Big Class yachts in those glory days.

Safety is of course, paramount and these prestigious yachts will enjoy four days of racing, adhering to the “La Belle Classe by the YCM” racing guidelines, created in close consultation with traditional yacht captains and owners and applied in all the major classic yacht gatherings to ensure safe and gentlemanly racing.

A “Round the Isle of Wight” race may be included, if weather permits.

Organising yacht clubs support an initiative to extend the reach of classic yacht racing to younger sailors

In a unique move to encourage interest and experience in classic yacht racing on Big Class yachts, up to 30 young sailors aged between 18 and 23 are being hand-picked by the RYS, NYYC and the YCM, the three yacht clubs organising the Westward Cup.

Each Club will underwrite the travel and subsistence costs of their trainees and the RYS will also ensure that the young sailors’ accommodation requirements are met whilst they are in Cowes taking part in the Westward Cup.

To qualify for selection the youngsters will need to meet the criteria as follows:

– Age range is 18 – 23.

– Membership of one of the three organising yacht clubs, or a very strong “relationship” with members of the yacht club.

– Sailing experience either via involvement with the yacht clubs’ sailing programmes, or good regatta experience.

– Willingness to work in a large team and work hard when required.

It is hoped by the Clubs that, in time, a pool of young sailors with a passion for and experience of racing Big Class yachts will be formed.

Any young sailors fitting these criteria and who would like to be considered for a place at this year’s Westward Cup should, in the first instance, apply to their respective Club for more information.


This exquisite fleet of Big Class yachts will, for most of the races, be sailing within the confines of the Solent and anyone wishing to see them will be able to watch the starts and finishes from Cowes during the Westward Cup regatta. The key vantage points will be along the Cowes Parade below the RYS battlements and along Prince’s Green to the West.

It is incredible that these huge yachts who carry a racing crew of up to 40 can take up to half an hour to put up and another half an hour to take down their sails.

Owing to the amount of room these boats need to manoeuvre, there will be strict on-water guidelines in place for all spectator and pleasure craft and there will be safety boats patrolling during the racing.

Provisional schedule

The provisional schedule comprises four days of racing and one lay day. The yachts will be racing for a different Trophy each day after which owners, captains and their guests will be able to enjoy an evening ashore in Cowes.

Tuesday 12th June: Race 1 for the Yacht Club de Monaco Trophy.

Wednesday 13th June: Race 2 for the Boat International Media Trophy.

Friday 15th June: Race 3 for the New York Yacht Club Trophy.

Saturday 16th June: Race 4 for the Royal Yacht Squadron Trophy with the Prizegiving ceremony taking place at the RYS Pavilion.

Prizes each day

Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd will be awarded and presented on each respective Race day. The final overall winner will be presented with the Westward Cup, which is a perpetual trophy, and with a replica keepsake trophy at the final Prizegiving.

An English Silversmith, Richard Parsons, was asked to design and craft the Westward Cup for the inaugural event in March 2010. This perpetual trophy was commissioned by the owner of Eleonora, in celebration of the centenary of Westward’s launch in March 1910. The Cup is similar in design to the Cup that Westward won when she was racing in the Solent in the early part of the last century and it will be presented to the overall winner of the 2012 Westward Cup Regatta on 16th June.

34th America´s Cup: China Team announces crew training in Sanya and competing in Naples World Series

March 14, 2012

China Team, the exclusive Chinese challenger for the 34th edition of America’s Cup sailing yacht regatta to be held in San Francisco in the summer of 2013, is delighted to announce that the crew to race at the Naples AC World Series, taking place from April 7 to 15, 2012 is ready and have all come to the Serenity Marina in Sanya, the China Team base, to start training for the upcoming competition.

China Team Crew

China Team Crew

Among the eight crew members, two skippers will be training on the recently acquired Ventilo M2 catamaran yachts for the exclusive position of China Team skipper in Sanya.

Fred Le Peutrec is a sailing veteran and one of the most experienced multihull skippers in the world. Fred has accumulated a number of world records, including the “Jules Verne Trophy” (previously called “The Race” around the world) three times (with Loick Peyron (2012), Franck Cammas (2010), Grant Dalton (2001)); he has been winner of the ORMA (trimaran) championships and has been in the top 3 on numerous occasions for World Championships and various multihull categories.

The second skipper is a China Team member already since 2011, Phil Robertson. At only 25 years old, Phil fronts WAKA Racing, a tight team of top young sailors, and has already won many major regattas. He is currently placed 8 th worldwide in the World Match Racing Tour, and is aiming for number 1. In addition to this, Phil has placed in the top 3 in over 20 races in the past 2 years as skipper.

Wang Chaoyong, chairman of China Team, says “We are fully committed to creating an environment for our sailors that will enable them to compete at the same level as their competitors. Training and practice is a key element of success and we will make sure that China Team sailors are ready for the upcoming races. With Sanya’s close-to-ideal sailing conditions all year round, and our new team base in the world-class Serenity Marina, the China Team crew will be able to practice in between all races, as well as support the training of the Chinese athletes”.

China Team’s international crew will be training in Sanya from March 14 to 29, 2012, and will be heading to Naples for the upcoming America’s Cup World Series, to compete against the 10 other teams which represent the challengers and the defender of the America’s Cup.

8th Top of the Gulf Regatta to take place at Ocean Superyacht Marina in Gulf of Thailand

March 14, 2012

The sailing scene in the beautiful yacht charter destination – Gulf of Thailand is passing through a period of continuous growth as more yachts choose to accommodate themselves in the Gulf to benefit from the amazing sailing grounds, and the international-standard sailing events attract yachts from all over the world.

Ocean Marina situated in a beautiful yacht charter destination - Gulf of Thailand

Ocean Marina situated in a beautiful yacht charter destination - Gulf of Thailand

Home to Thailand‘s preeminent yacht club, the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, and to many leading sailing events, the Gulf of Thailand is also home of the Ocean Marina – the host of Asia‘s largest annual multi-class competition, the Top of the Gulf Regatta.

Easy access to Bangkok‘s Suvarnabhumi international airport, with a capacity of 45 million visitors per year, contributes to Pattaya and surrounds’ attractiveness to yacht owners.

To support the region’s growing popularity, infrastructure development is apace. No more so is this evident than at Ocean Marina, on Jomtien Beach.

Ocean Property, the parent company of Ocean Marina in Thailand, has confirmed an expansion of 100 new floating marina berths (13m and 20m), and an upgrade to 100 larger existing berths – the single largest expansion since the marina was built 18 years ago.

Scott Finsten, Harbour Master at Ocean Marina, said: “The marina is not only a boost to Thailand’s boating industry, but also a boost to the local economy given the amount of jobs that will be created,” adding, “We have dredged the marina to 3.5m so we can accommodate the deeper draft vessels that visit Thailand. The new marina completes the investment, to ensure we can cater for long-term demand.”

Playing a central role in the growth of marine leisure tourism in the Gulf of Thailand, is the Top of the Gulf Regatta (TOG Regatta), taking place for the eighth time this year.

2011 Top of the Gulf Regatta

2011 Top of the Gulf Regatta

Held 4th to 8th May, Thailand’s TOG Regatta has, since the very beginning, been a strong supporter of marine leisure tourism and grass roots sailing in the Kingdom, funding and supporting Thai youth sailing, and providing competitive experience through the hosting the Thailand Optimist Nationals.

The TOG Regatta is unique amongst regattas in Thailand and Asia, in that it brings together keelboat and multihull racing with beach catamaran, dinghies and optimist competition on a large scale.

“The TOG Regatta really is like no other. We continue to support a large variety of classes, and give opportunity to youth sailors as well as provide top quality competition for sailors from around the world in the keelboat and multihull classes,” said William Gasson, Founder and Chairman of the Regatta Organising Committee.

The TOG Regatta provides a truly multicultural experience. Attracting a large number of Thai sailors each year, TOG Regatta also attracts international participants across all classes, regularly including regional and world champions. Over 500 sailors from more than 30 nationalities competed in the 2011 Regatta.

“We expect over 70 boats on the keelboat and multihull course this year, with an increase in interest from Singapore, Hong Kong and Manila, particularly the 40 foot keelboat range,” added Gasson.

Eight years old and the TOG Regatta continues to grow and develop. 2012 looks set to be a bumper year with a record fleet of one-design Platus including teams from Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and Thailand, competing for the Coronation Cup.

A first for this year, the NeilPryde Racing Series (racing the one-design RS:One sail board) will be incorporated as part of the Regatta and run off the host venue, Ocean Marina Yacht Club – the first time the Series has competed in Thailand.

Other classes for 2012 include: IRC 1, IRC 2, IRC 3, IRC 4 Cruising, Sports Boats, Platu (racing in the Coronation Cup), Ocean Multihulls, F18’s, Open Beach Multihulls, Single-handed monohull dinghies, double-handed monohull dinghies and Optimist (racing in the Thailand National Optimist Championship).

Over 600 sailors are expected to descend on Jomtien Beach on the Gulf of Thailand, from 4th to 8th May, to enjoy some top quality sailing competition at the 2012 Top of the Gulf Regatta.

New Yachting World Round Antigua Race, April 28, 2012

March 13, 2012

As everybody knows, Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta is held from Thursday, April 19 to Tuesday, April 24, 2012. Following on from the Classic Yacht Regatta, on Saturday, April 28 an amazing new event will be held – the Yachting World Round Antigua Race. Previously a part of Antigua Sailing Week, the race has been re-introduced as an optional race open to all yachts.

115ft charter yacht Sojana Photo by Chris Odom

115ft charter yacht Sojana - Photo by Chris Odom

Classes will include maxi, racing, cruising, multihull, bareboat and classics among others, so yachts of all types are expected to participate including many classics as well as those that will go on to participate in Antigua Sailing Week.

Yachting World is once again proud to sponsor the Round Antigua Race and will award the beautiful and much-coveted Yachting World Trophy to the elapsed time winner. The record is currently held by the overall winner of Antigua Sailing Week 2011, the Farr-designed 115ft charter yacht Sojana, which completed the race in 4 hours, 37 minutes and 43 seconds in 2009.

The prize giving for the Yachting World Round Antigua Race will take place at the Antigua Sailing Week Welcome Party in historic Nelson´s Dockyard at 7 pm on Saturday, April 28.

As the first Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta was held 25 years ago when it was decided that classic yachts were more suited to different courses than those raced in Antigua Sailing Week, it is fitting that for the 25th annual event, classic yachts will be back on the water with yachts that will participate in Antigua Sailing Week.